Rule Of Thirds

Rule Of Thirds

So many times I hear about the “rule of thirds” as if it’s written in stone and it’s implied that if you don’t follow it you just don’t know what you’re doing.  Well, I think it’s a good thing to know but I’m not so good at following rules of any kind.  After the fact, I may or may not check my composition out for these kinds of structures but when I did that this morning, I wasn’t sure if my art meets the criteria of this formula.

Janis Doucette
Janis Doucette

According to wikipedia, “The rule of thirds is a principle of the Golden ratio with broad application as a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs.[1] The guideline proposes according to the principle of the Golden section search that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.[2] Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.

So I decided to look further into it and I imposed a Golden Grid over a few of our most famous works by master artists.

Anna Anchen png
Anna Anchen

Perhaps, of those I selected, Anchen’s Woman In The Kitchen most closely follows this rule. She places the center of interest directly on one of the intersections and her feet are grounded pretty closely to the bottom horizontal line.

Cezanne_Turning_Road_at_Montgeroult
Cezanne

Most landscapes seem to conform to the most basic rule, the horizon line is at one of the two horizontal lines of the grid. The horizon line of this Cezanne, Turning Road At Montgerault, is pretty close, but I don’t see any of the points of interest at or near any of the four points on the grid.  The main house is actually pretty centered.

Robert Antoine Pinchon
Pinchon

Again, Pinchon places the Triel sur Seine directly on the top grid line and what appears to be the center of interest is also directly on top left sweet spot.

Van Gogh
Van Gogh

Van Gogh places The Sower near enough to the left vertical line and near enough to the same sweet spot on the golden grid. The horizon line does not conform.  Here, it’s at the center of the composition.

Wm. Wray.
Wray

What to make of Wray’s Orange Building though in terms of the golden rule I’m not sure. Aside from the bottom horizon line, everything’s just a little off, not quite close enough to say it conforms.

What do you think?  Do you follow the Rule Of Thirds?

 

 

 

One Four Challenge. March. Week 4

One Four Challenge. March. Week 4

Sorry to repost but I hadn’t tagged it properly so I’m having another go at it.

Swampscott Frost Sepia. web

I used PIC Monkey for the first time to process this edit. I didn’t keep track of all the steps I took this week but in Pic Monkey I used a Sepia tint and a Frost effect.

I don’t like how I embedded such a big signature into the pic but I’m not doing them over.  I’m experimenting with this since I’ve been reading so much about art theft online, so maybe next time it’ll be more discreet.

Robyn Gosby has a beautiful new edit for Week 4 !  Go on over to her Captivate Me Blog to check it out!

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One Four Challenge. March. Week 4

One Four Challenge. March. Week 4

Swampscott Frost Sepia. web

 

I used PIC Monkey for the first time to process this edit. I didn’t keep track of all the steps I took this week but in Pic Monkey I used a Sepia tint and a Frost effect.

I don’t like how I embedded such a big signature into the pic but I’m not doing them over.  I’m experimenting with this since I’ve been reading so much about art theft online, so maybe next time it’ll be more discreet.

Robyn Gosby has a beautiful new edit for Week 4 !  Go on over to her Captivate Me Blog to check it out!

 

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